SA Affordable Housing March / April 2018 // Issue: 69 - Page 31

FEATURES          Agrément SA is one of the bodies that assesses and certifies building materials. "Traditional building materials and their methodology have been around for a long time." there are quite a few inferior IBT products that have been brought into the market that are unsuitable and have failed dismally. Horwood adds, “The Western Cape government says that in 2018, 30% of their budget for construction is going to be extended to IBTs. This is a major step because for the first time IBTs can be delivered and promoted by providing a percentage of budgets, I think that is a great step and now we’ll see the technology growing.” IBTs will be a leading method in years to come. Technology today is different; sourcing information is easier and quicker. We can now build a 350m 2 double- storey super structure in under two weeks. “Using a simple knock test, you can’t tell the difference between an IBT building and a traditional building. Significant time and cost savings together with the advantages provided by a thermally efficient building, which provides environmentally friendly living and is largely recyclable, will hold sway,” Horwood concludes.            Find a supplier Tel: 021 465 1907 AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING MARCH - APRIL 2018 29